Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 158
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June 20, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 158

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Start lining up for the 98-centpantyhose By Martha Smith May I have a Bicentennial minute of your time? I promise not to drag on into the Tom Murphy July 4 pageant slot. What famous arts patron and proud Charlestonian said, 200 letters to the editor ago, "I only regret that I have but one car to abandon on the Sears parking lot?" Wrong. It wasn't Nathan Hale. It was whats-her-name. The matter of the Sears management electing to lock some 200-300 cars on the store parking lot during the Beverly Sills-John Alexander concert has lain dormant for some weeks as tempers and radiators cooled down. Not to mention the blazing typerwiters that clattered away, even suggesting--gasp of horror -- that anyone who parked on the lot without making a purchase outta by by-gawn thrown in the slammer. Now to the business of setting records straight. Let me be the first to endorse the right of any private property owner to order encroachers off. Let me also be the first to remind those who wrote letters of outrage to the Readers Forum (show of hands, now, how many work for Sears? Thank you), that Sears received a generous amount of publicity a few years back for announcing a grand community service. As a gesture of civic-minded spirit, the management proclaimed that until the Municipal Auditorium acquired sufficient parking space for its patrons, they coud use the Sears lot during concerts. It's on the record. A member of the Sears hierarchy said it right in public. He was duly congratulated by the thousands of persons who In one ear. patronize the arts in Charleston to the tune of $250,000 a year. Meanwhile, the city administration set about purchasing adjacent land on which to locate parkiv^; facilities. What progress has been made remains unclear. So, for a relatively few nights of the year, during Charleston Symphony and Community Music Assn. concerts, patrons have gratefully used the Sears lot, parking near the street and far away from the main entrances to the store in an attempt to minimize interference with the customers. Somewhere along the way, the Sears management changed its collective mind, unfortunately in a considerably more subdued fashion than the fanfare with which the lot was thrown open to concert parkers. With the perception of 20-20 hindsight, it is my observation that, while it was totally within the rights of Sears management to close the parking lot, the common courtesy of advance notice might have been extended. Secondly, a more auspicious occasion than the long-awaited Sills concert could not have been selected for the horrendous display of yahoo-ism manifested in the management's decision to confine between 200-300 cars on the lot by chaining the exits closed. (Imagine Sills saying to her New York associates: "Oh yes. I played Charleston, W.Va. That's where they impound your car on the parking lot while you attend the concert") In addition to 2C-20 hindsight, I CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL. -- (Repeat). "The Orange Watering Cart," This is a film from Hungary that fancifully treats a simple event in the lives of three children suffering the pangs of growing up.l p.m. CBS-TV O® JEFFERSONS. - ( R e p e a t ) . Mother Jefferson finds romance and is talking about heading for the altar and Florida. Louise is in ec- stacy and George is in agony. 8 p.m. CBS-TV CD GOOD HEAVENS.--(Repeat). Two epidsodes back-to-back. "Coffee, Tea or Gloria." Dr. Brad Robertson uses his wish from Mr. Angel to find out what marriage to his ex-girlfriend would be like. Dean Jones, Sue Anne Langdon, and Marcia Rodd guest star. "Funny Fellow." A shoe store owner with a flair for comedy, is elated when Mr. Angel grants him his lifelong wish to be in show biz. Kenneth Mars, Mitzi Hoag, Jerry Fogel, and Jay Gerber guest star. 8 p.m. ABC. ODGD DOC.- (Repeat) Annie talks Doc Joe into letting her come out of retirement to fill in for Nurse Tully, but Doc's fast pace and Annie's rusty skills lead to utter'confusion. 8:30p.m.CBS.p(S SHOWTIME, June20,' 1976 FATHER, 0 FATHER. - A conservative Boston priest and his ultra-liberal assistant pastor reach a "Roman" stand-off-as they try to get along with each other while dealing with the problems of their parishioners. Iggie Woofington and Dennis Dugan. 9 p.m. ABC. OD® MARY TYLER MOORE.- (Repeat). Mrs. Betty Ford makes a cameo appearance in the story of Lou Grant and Mary visiting Washington. 9 p.m. CBS. OO *BOB NEWHART.-- ( R e p e a t ) . The Hartleys are bombarded with laughable legal hassles when Bob is sued by a shy patient whom he has helped to become more aggressive and Emily decides to fight a parking ticket. 9:30 p.m. CBS. 0 CD *. S U P E R S T A R . - ( R e p e a t ) . "Scag." D'Angelo finds himself in a head-to-head race with a desperate man when both try to be the first to locate a cache of heroin valued at more than a million dollars. George M a h a r i s and Anne Francis guest star. 10 p.m. ABC. SB CD DINAH AND HER NEW BEST FRIENDS. -- Cindy W i l l i a m s , co-star of the "'Laverne and Shirley" series is Dinah's special guest. 10p.m. ABC. B© also am blessed with the powers of predicting the future. I predict the City of Charleston will move quickly to acquire parking space to remedy the present inexcusable situation at Municipal Auditorium. I predict that long lines of ladies dressed in formal evening attire will parade through Sears, each shopper buying a single pair of 98 cent pantyhose to place in a Sears bag on the front seat of the car just before crossing the street to attend the concert. I predict that one constant concert-goer, clad in last year's evening gown because that's all her paltry reviewer's fee will allow, will not be among those patronizing either the Sears lot or the store proper. FOOTHGHT FOOTNOTES: Redundancy seems to be the key in choosing the Charleston Light Opera Guild summer shows. First / Do, / Do, then later, Promises, Promises. What next? Who knows, who knows? . . . The parents of Deanna Bowe must be proud indeed that the gift- ed young pianist has been selected by Herman Codes as one of his small, prize collection of students. Codes, a giant among concert pianists, will tutor Deanna as she studies applied music at West Virginia University. Much credit for her development of poise and technique is due Deanna's Charleston teacher, Jack Pierce.. . Susan Hawkens, who received a bachelors degree in drama from WVU in 1973, is playing the title role in a documentary film, Patty Hearst: On the Witness Stand. 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